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AbilityLinks October 2013 Job Fair: Virtual Fair, Real Success

On October 8-10, AbilityLinks kicked off National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with a virtual job fair.

The 2013 NDEAM poster consists of four circles—each depicting a successfully employed worker with a disability, and each worker equal to the task they are performing.  Poster background colors range from bright green at the bottom to light blue at the top.  Centered at the top is DOL’s logo with the Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor next to it. Below this header are the words of the theme:  Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.  The words at the bottom include National Disability Employment Awareness Month, What Can YOU Do? and ODEP’s website:

One of the posters for this year's NDEAM theme

Thank you to the 30 employers and 133 job-seekers who helped make it a success! Job-seekers from 18 states logged on to attend during the three-day event, but if you missed it, you can still check out the 134 new jobs posted.

Participating employers included Acquirent; Acxiom; American Academy of Pediatrics;; American Medical Association; American Support; Ascension Health; Avon; Cardno TEC, Inc.; Church & Dwight Co., Inc.; Clifford Chance US LLP; Employment Options, Inc.; Enterprise Recovery Systems, Inc.; G.C. Services LP; GC Services; J. Craig Venter Institute; nAblement; National Louis University; Nicor Gas, an AGL Resources Company; OfficeMax; PRIDE Industries; RR Donnelley; State of Illinois Disabled Workers Program; Teledyne Oil and Gas; TeleTech; TRANSAMERICA Financial Advisors, Inc.; Walgreens; Working Solutions; and, of course, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital.

Congratulations to AbilityLinks Director Ken Skord, as well as Information Specialists Janice Duvall and Bill O’Connor for a well-run job fair. Those who participated said they found it very useful.

The job fair followed the recent passing of a new regulation requiring the work forces for federal contractors to be at least 7 percent people with disabilities. "The timing couldn't have been better for participation," Skord notes.

You won't have to wait till next year if you missed this job fair, or if you'd like to attend another! AbilityLinks hosts three virtual job fairs per year, and the next is scheduled for February. Watch for more details in the coming months!